I planted my legacy inside of you.
A tiny pebble of a seed,
brittle and bitter from a lifetime of storms.
I buried it deep in your soul.
For decades, I tended to the earth,
Slaving under the unforgiving sun like our ancestors.
I used my sacrifice and suffering as rocky soil,
Watered your foundation with my blood and sweat and tears.
I tilled at the ground ‘til my hands bled,
And my soul sobbed.
But then you grew.
A sprout, at first, peeking hesitantly through the earth.
Then a sapling, stretching with confidence towards the sky.
Every day, you grew taller and stronger,
And I stood, marveling at your beauty.
Watching your soul open up like the petals of a rose
Gave my tired spirit a song of solace.
Seeing your lips bloom into a vibrant smile made
Every broken heart, every endless night, every fallen tear,
The labor that I have put into you,
That I sowed into my legacy,
Has made you more powerful and beautiful
Than I could have ever imagined.
Which is why I can leave you to
Stand on your own,
As the roots of my life shrivel into the earth.
I can finally rest in peace,
Knowing that you, my daughter,
Will always be my greatest accomplishment.